Monday, September 07, 2015

Well, at least he rinsed out the mug!

Good evening,

If you think Stephen Harper's luck on the campaign trail has been bad so far, you should see this video which CBC released at 8:30 CT. How does any political candidate have the bad luck of this guy? It may not be fair to say this, but the CPC does seem to attract guys who think its OK to do what this guy did.

"A few years back the CBC was running an investigation program on how plumbers etc. perform services. for it's show Marketplace.

Gerry Bance, the current Conservative candidate for the battleground Toronto riding of Scarborough Rouge Park, has been a service technician for the last 25 years. He owns and operates XPress Appliance Service, an appliance repair company in the Greater Toronto Area.

In 2012, Bance responded to a service call at a house where Marketplace had hidden cameras set up as part of an investigation into the skills and ethics of home repair service companies.

The cameras caught Bance urinating in a coffee mug and then dumping the contents into the kitchen sink while the homeowner was in the next room.

Here is the video:

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/politics/topstories/jerry-bance-marketplace-1.321779

"I deeply regret my actions on that day. I take great pride in my work and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person," Bance said when contacted by CBC News for comment.

Bance has run for the Conservatives twice before, in 2006 and in 2008.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is poised to campaign in Scarborough on Monday. Bance is not scheduled to be with him."

I wonder if he might be Minister for the CBC if Harper and he win on October 19?

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Jerry Bance, Conservative caught peeing in mug, no longer candidate, party says

Appliance repair technician caught on hidden camera during 2012 CBC Marketplace episode

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Conservative candidate caught urinating in homeowner's coffee mug

A service technician caught on hidden camera urinating into a coffee mug during a 2012 house call to repair a leaky sink before he became a Conservative election candidate is no longer running for the October 19 vote, the Tories said today.

Jerry Bance "is no longer a candidate," said Conservative spokesman Stephen Lecce in a brief email to CBC News on Monday.

Lecce did not provide any further details, such as who might replace Bance as Conservative candidate in the Toronto-area battleground riding of Scarborough Rouge Park.
Marketplace: When The Repairman Knocks

Bance was filmed during an episode of CBC-TV's investigative series Marketplace. He is seen peeing into a coffee cup before dumping its contents into the sink he was supposed to be fixing.

A service technician for the last 25 years, Bance had been called to the home as part of a sting operation to catch and confront repairmen overcharging homeowners for simple repairs to home appliances. Hidden cameras captured the incident, which occurred while a Marketplace producer posing a homeowner was in the next room.


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Spoke at the packed launch event for #Scarborough Rouge Park Conservative candidate Jerry Bance. #elxn42


Bance had also run as a Conservative in 2006 and 2008.

Jason Kenney, the high-profile Conservative minister and candidate from Alberta, helped him kick off his current campaign last week.

The original Marketplace episode had referred to Bance — who owns and operates XPress Appliance Service, an appliance repair company in the Greater Toronto Area — only as "Jerry." A tip received by CBC News late Sunday night pointed out Jerry is Bance.

In a statement released Sunday evening, Bance said "the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person.
This must be someone who's adept at Stephen Harper's trickle-down theory of economics.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair

"I deeply regret my actions on that day."

Response to the story on social media sites was nearly instantaneous. The hashtag "peegate" was soon trending on Twitter, as Twitter buzzed with disparaging jokes, comments and bad puns targeting Bance and the Conservative Party.

The Conservatives' political rivals took the opportunity to make a few jokes at Bance's expense.

"I guess that this was one mugshot that Canadians weren't expecting from the Conservatives," said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

Mulcair was speaking to reporters at the annual Labour Day parade in Toronto, where he's spending the day campaigning for the October 19 vote.

"This must be someone who's adept at Stephen Harper's trickle-down theory of economics," Mulcair said smirking. "Any other questions?"

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is also campaigning in Toronto on Monday.

​Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was in Mississauga, Ontario this morning. He heads to PEI for a rally with supporters this evening.

With files from The Canadian Press

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